By Jo Marshall
Illustrated by D.W. Murray
370 pages – ages 9+
Published by CreateSpace on November 17, 2011
*Taken from the Twig stories website – “Twigs are impish stick creatures – not much taller than robins. Tiny leaves sprout from their arms and legs, and their toes are very curly like roots. Their long, leafy hair can be many different colors – emerald, bronze, flaming red, and gold, for example. Twigs live in all sorts of trees, but the knotholes of enormous ancient cedars, big leaf maple, silver-leafed poplar, and whitebark pine are their favorite havens.”
Leaf is a Twig. He was knocked from his home in “Old Seeder” when a huge flood came and rattled his tree home. Leaf fell into the rushing waters but managed to get onto dry land. Leaf’s family was still trapped in the tree due to the flood. Leaf’s father yells to him to find Rustle, another Twig and friend of the family, for help. Leaf and Rustle figure out that they need to go to the Chompers (beavers) and convince them to build a dam to stop the water, but they refuse. Leaf is now desperate to find help. With the help of some friendly chipmunks, Leaf, Rustle and their new friend Feather (another Twig) decide to save the Old Seeder and Leaf’s parents, but it isn’t so easy. Rattlesnakes , owls, and hornets are out to attack and EAT them!
This story had me hooked from the very beginning because of the action and excitement (lets just say there was a squirrel attack). The creatures Ms. Marshall made up (the Twigs) are interesting. They aren’t fairies (they don’t have magic),they are made of wood, kind of human like (but small) and they care about the environment. I like how Ms. Marshall told the story from different points of views from different characters. The characters were all very likeable. My favorite was Rustle because he was pretty adventurous and had a lot of knowledge about the forest (and he was just cool 😉 ). There were some nice illustrations in the book too. The story is super clean (no bad language and only scary-ish situations). It is a great choice for young advanced readers and middle grade kids. I think parents and kids will like the message of appreciating the environment too.
Five out of five book worms for “Leaf and the Rushing Waters!”
“Twig Stories royalties are shared with nonprofit groups concerned with wildlife protection, climate change research, nature conservancy, and forest preservation.”
Ms. Marshall also asked that I donate her books to a children’s library after I am done reading them. I chose to donate the books to the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy because they lost their ENTIRE children’s library when hurricane Irene hit our area!
“Leaf and The Rushing Waters” is part of the Twig series of books. To learn more about Ms. Marshall and the Twig Stories, please visit the Twig Stories website HERE.
I also have book 2 “Leaf and the Sky of Fire” on my TBR list!